Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
MOTS - Eastern Sondot
artworkMOTS is Dave Benton of Madison, Wisconsin. This is reviewed here because there are some tentative near surf guitar parts. However, that is a tenuous connection at best. My guess is that MOTS stand for more of the same, 'cuz that about sums this up.
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Mull
Surf (Instrumental)

"Mull" is just a keyboard wash with occasional big hall guitar. More ambient than song.

Une dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Heavy pulsing electronics run beneath long guitar lines in extreme distortion for a verse or so before a more liquid guitar comes along to be accompanied by drone kick drum. "Une" is light industrial pulsing ambiance. It's what you do in lieu of melody in the modern age.

El Malpais dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Dark, almost train like electro noise and haunting near fog horns paint a dreary picture. Never a melody arrives, but there's something chilling about "El Malpais" anyway. The song seems to go on for ever!

More Tone-X, Elwin dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A delicate chord progression dominates as a distant riff line is buried behind pumping kick and bass and keys, which almost play a melody. On the surreal side, but way too long.

PJ's Mood dot
Surf (Instrumental)

A jazzy bass line slowly and relentlessly plays the same cycle over and over. Keys carry a not quite melody, and percussion gradually arrives. Some loud guitar lines in stereo add drama. Great distances between changes and notes.

The Gray Goo Problem
Surf (Instrumental)

Cheesy machine percussion goes on and on until dark canned tones and faux helicopters interrupt, though only temporarily. This is the sort of thing that was dismissible in the eighties as sleepcore got its false start.

Versailles Of The Spiders dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

More pathetic keyboard nonsense and machine beats go on endlessly, but the guitar approaches a melody line and employs near surf tone. While still all about hypnosis and pulses, "Versailles Of The Spiders" is way more interesting than the rest of the tracks here.

Reg/Erg
Surf (Instrumental)

Casios at 20 paces... "Reg/Erg" is just not engaging or interesting. It attempts to create future despair, but it only creates boredom.

The Long Reach dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Tremolo guitar with near surf tone plays a melodic riff that's pleasant and coastal. The machine beat and bass lines have a bit of a country underbelly. The arrangement slowly evolves, but sadly never really arrives anywhere, despite a double picked verse and several textural advances. "The Long Reach" is cinematic and has its moments, but it's really only suited for a back drop. At over five minutes, there really needs to be more here.

At Last Hope dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Haunting guitar plays a cyclic riff and keys hold notes in a ghostly way. As a scene setter, "At Last Hope" works alright, but it's hard to just listen unless the lights are off and you're just drifting.

Magic Fountain Mighty Atom Flower Bomb dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

An auspicious title reminiscent of some of the sillier stuff of the cash-in crowd in the late sixties, "Magic Fountain Mighty Atom Flower Bomb" is mostly just ambient tone until the sax comes along with it's sorta jazzy wanking, soon joined by a relentless bass line. That said, this is also reminiscent of some Euro prog of the mid seventies when melody was lost.

Une dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Much like the first version of "Une," this is just so-so in a seventies prog transitional sort of way.